It's safe to say the Peter Dredge has already surpassed the high expectations that greeted his arrival at Meadowbank, in 2016. This energetic and chiselled '18 Chardonnay will only further this record. The fruit comes from 30-year-old Estate vines rooted in the Derwent Valley's loose sand and sandstone overlying dark brown, coffee rock, rich in iron oxides. Quality dirt.
The 2018 was handpicked and whole cluster pressed directly to eight French barriques (only one was new). The wine underwent partial malo and spent the following nine months in barrel, on lees. Bottled without fining or filtration, the new vintage is focused and chiselled, super tangy and pithy, with layers of citrus, nectarine, lemon curd and a dusting of candied nuts. The personality is driven by mouth-watering, punchy, cool-climate acidity, while the first-rate winemaking brings out some layered seduction. Great stuff.
Meadowbank was first planted in 1974 prior to the purchase of the estate by Gerald and Sue Ellis in 1976. The initial plantings were small, but the business was enthusiastically grown by Gerald into the premium offering that is seen today. Partnering with friend and winemaker Peter Dredge, the next chapter is now being written. ‘Meadowbank’ is the purest realisation of what our vineyard and Tasmania can offer. Located in the verdant Coal River Valley, north of Hobart in Tasmania, Meadowbank has two estate vineyards spanning over 50 hectares. The primary vineyard sites are at Cambridge and Glenora. Modern winemaking influence is obvious in these well packaged, cleanly made wines. Reflecting their cool climate origins, the winemaking team pick at physiological ripeness to elicit the most natural expression of their fruit.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Vines planted '87, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed straight to French barriques (15% new), matured for 9 months, the majority without stirring. Very pure, intense and long, balance thanks to the foregoing. The minimalistic approach is interesting.
This has terrific, tightly wound intensity of lemons and white peaches. Great acidity here. Long and powerful chardonnay. Drink or hold.